Modi calls US ‘vital partner for national development'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2014 00:04 IST

Calling the US India’s “vital partner for national development”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for New York and said he is confident that the five-day trip will mark a new chapter in bilateral strategic ties.

“I see the United States as a vital partner for our national development, drawing especially on the rich possibilities of partnership in education, skills, research, technology, innovation and, above all, a shared commitment to human values,” Modi said in his departure statement.

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The PM said he will discuss with US President Barack Obama how Indo-US ties can be taken to a “new level”.

In New York, Modi will deliver his maiden address at the UN General Assembly on Saturday. In his address, he said he will call for a stronger global commitment and more concerted multilateral action in addressing the challenges of a fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, the growth and spread of terrorism, the Ebola health crisis in Africa, climate change and eradication of poverty.

“I will also stress the urgency of early reforms in the United Nations, to ensure it remains relevant and effective in dealing with the challenges of the 21st century,” he said.

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Modi will also be meeting 11 top corporate honchos over breakfast on September 29 apart from one-on-one meetings with six more business captains the same day.

Referring to his scheduled address at the Madison Square Garden in New York on September 28, Modi said he was keenly awaiting the opportunity to meet the Indian-American community.

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